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Planning a Kitchen Remodel

Over the next several weeks I wanted to feature new trends, products, and ideas in kitchen renovations. In this first article, I will discuss the planning stages involved in the kitchen remodel project and what steps you need to take to get started.

Understand what you want out of a Kitchen Renovation

If you are starting, the first step requires that you understand how you and your family use the kitchen. The next steps are to define your kitchen goals and your budget. Click on the worksheets to get started:  Worksheet for how you use your Kitchen and Worksheet for Kitchen Goals.

Understand your Budget

You need to decide how much you want to allocate for your kitchen renovation. According to NARI, the “gold standard” in helping you determine your budget is the 5 to 15% rule. “This rule holds that the entire remodel should cost no less than 5% of the current value of the home — and no more than 15%. Because spending less than 5% may result in a lesser home value, while a homeowner is unlikely to recoup an investment of more than 15% in a resale.”

Have a basic understanding of how much each category could cost of the total budget allowance, note these percentages could vary by location and should be used only as guidelines for consideration (according to Home Advisor):

  • Cabinets 30%
  • Countertop Choices 10%
  • Flooring Options 2-5%
  • Appliances 14%
  • Kitchen Plumbing – keep the pipes intact 4-5%
  • Electrical 5%          
  • Depending on your location, labor will take up 20-35% of the budget.
  • It is suggested to allow 20% for unexpected costs.

Understand your Style and Gather Ideas

Once you have a clear definition of expectations, you want to understand your options for the look and feel of your new kitchen. Click here for a list of kitchen styles with coordinating photo examples. Create a Pinterest board or Houzz Ideabook collecting photos with notes as to what you would like. All of these photos along with your goals and budget will help a contractor implement your project. For your convenience, I have created an IdeaBook of stunning kitchens, page through it for inspiration!

If you are planning a major remodel, you may consider hiring a kitchen designer on the job before meeting with contractors. To better understand what a designer can do for you, click here.

How to Find a Contractor

According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), word-of-mouth referrals continue to be the best way to ensure that you find a contractor you will be happy with working on your kitchen renovation. Always ask for references, and look at credentials, and be sure that they have the proper licenses and insurance required for your state or local area.  Check their online reviews on Google and Facebook, keep in mind if there are complaints read how the contractor dealt with the issue. We all know that stuff happens, and when it does, we want someone we can trust to handle the problem to our satisfaction. Houzz also offers a find a pro service for your area, click here to start your search.

In the following weeks, I will be focusing on the different areas of the kitchen you may be replacing. Stayed tuned! For all your interior design, decorating, and staging needs give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation.

Debbie Correale, Owner and Founder of Redesign Right, LLC. Follow her on Facebook.com/Redesignright, Instagram @Redesignright, Pinterest, Houzz, and LinkedIn. Feature photo from Houzz: Smith and Smith Kitchens.

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You Want to Remodel Your Kitchen, What’s Next?

It’s exciting and daunting when you start down the road of a remodel, especially when it’s your kitchen. Since the kitchen acts as the central hub of the household, it’s a challenge when it’s out of commission. This article helps you to create a plan to get you started.

What do you want?

Have a family meeting, discuss and decide what you do not like about your current kitchen. I would suggest having a separate notebook or folder where you keep your kitchen remodel documentation.

Ask yourself and all family members what they think they need in the kitchen, and be sure to document this information. The next step is to prioritize the order of the items you do not like. If you need direction, HGTV offers worksheets you can print out:  How do you use your kitchen? and What are your kitchen goals?

Next, determine what style you want in your kitchen. The number of products and colors can be intimidating so you will want to be prepared with ideas and a plan when you talk with a contractor. Save ideas and pictures in an IdeaBook on Houzz of all the features that you want in a kitchen. Determine your timeline. Custom kitchen cabinets can take three months or more to get to you; prebuilt cabinets may take up to six weeks.

What is your favorite kitchen style?

In my experience, this is where people seem to get bogged down in the process. If you have ever walked into a kitchen store, you are overwhelmed by the choices, unsure how to pull it together. Go through these photos to get an idea of things you like, and reach out to me for a consultation to help you pick the right elements. Making the right choices can save you money and aggravation. Keep on the latest kitchens trends as detailed in my last post, “2018 Kitchen Trends.”

Create a Budget

The hardest part is matching what you want with your budget, that’s why it’s important to sit down and create a list of what you want from your kitchen. The types of remodels that involve changing plumbing, adding new electrical wiring, structural changes all mean higher costs. Understanding the cost of items will give you some idea of the overall project scope. According to HomeAdvisor, the basic rule is that a remodel should cost no less than 5% of the home’s value and no more than 15%.

Breakdown of the budget by Home Advisor and the National Kitchen & Bath Association:

  • Cabinets 30%
  • Countertop 10%
  • Flooring 2-7%
  • Appliances 14%
  • Plumbing – keeping the pipes intact 4-5%
  • Electrical 5%
  • Generally, labor is 20-35% of your budget. That tells you if you can do it yourself, try to. Always save a portion of your budget toward the things that will bring you the most joy.

Get Quotes

To find a Kitchen Remodel Contractor you can use the Find a Pro feature in Houzz, and they will contact you. Another idea is to reach out to your neighborhood on Facebook and ask if they would recommend a contractor or ask your friends.

Next week I will offer some ideas as to how you can survive a kitchen remodel. If you need help picking the palette of your kitchen walls, Redesign Right, LLCcabinets, backsplash, countertop, and flooring colors give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured photo from Houzz:  Right Arm Construction.